Front bench trio gives borough political clout

Borough MP Andy Burnham
Borough MP Andy Burnham
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  • Tips Lisa Nandy to go “very, very far”
  • Rules out a third leadership bid in future

SHADOW home secretary Andy Burnham believes having all three Wigan borough MPs on Labour’s front bench gives “political clout” to the area.

Mr Burnham, has been joined in Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet by Wigan’s Lisa Nandy.

I was made up when Lisa was named on the shadow cabinet

Leigh MP Andy Burnham

And Makerfield’s Yvonne Fovargue has been promoted to a junior minister role in the Business, Innovation and Skills team working under shadow secretary of state Angela Eagle.

The Leigh MP told the Observer: “I was made up when Lisa was named on the shadow cabinet, it’s well-deserved, and also Yvonne being on the front-bench as well.

“We’re back to where we were when we had Ian (now Sir, McCartney) in the cabinet, what that gives the borough is political clout and we do work together.

“I always had a really strong partnership with Ian and Neil and we’ve got that now with Lisa and Yvonne, I hope people in the borough see that.

“In other places MPs don’t always work as a team. I think Lisa will go very, very far and Yvonne too.

“There is a bit of rivalry sometimes, we always fight our corners for our respective towns when we’re having briefings at the council but when we’re on that national stage the entire borough always comes first.”

Mr Burnham has also ruled out running for a third time to be Labour leader in the future, admitting his best chance has been and gone in this year’s race.

He said: “I always thought not (on standing for a third time in the future). I’ve tried twice and I think there’s a limit to how many times (you can stand).

“I have the feeling that if it was to be my time it would have been this one. But you don’t know what the future brings.

“I’ve always said I will always serve the party in any way I can but I don’t expect (to try again).”